‘Kessingland windturbine devalued my home’ woman claims
A KESSINGLAND woman has called for a reduction in her council tax amid claims that a wind turbine has devalued her property by �100,000.
Sue Price, who can see and hear the turbine from her home in Whites Lane, claims she has all but given up trying to sell it after her estate agent told her the price had to drop to compensate for the effect of the wind turbine.
Mrs Price, 62, who has lived in her house for 28 years, applied to have her council tax reduced, but she was recently refused by the Valuations Office Agency.
She told The Journal: 'We wanted to move because my mother-in-law was ill and we needed somewhere with a granny annex.
'We had a sale, but when the news about the wind turbines being constructed was put in the local newspaper we lost the sale.
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'Originally we put it on the market in 2009 for �460,000, but within two years it had dropped to �360,000.
'We were told by our estate agents that the value dropped because of the wind turbines.
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'I am now in my sixties and we want to downsize, but how am I going to sell this house with that wind turbine there? 'We feel very angry because nobody seems to be listening to us. In other places the wind turbines have been quashed, but they will not take them down.
'I call Kessingland 'God's own country', but we have got this wind turbine in our back garden and that just spoils it.'
Last month, a couple living close to the Fullabrook wind farm near Braunton, Devon had their home moved from a council tax band F to band E – saving them �400 a year – after their house's value fell from �400,000 to �300,000.